Cheesecake with Blue and Blackberries

Rich and creamy, this old-fashioned cheesecake is topped with simple berries and sprigs of herbaceous rosemary.
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Ingredients:

Cheesecake
2 C graham crackers, crushed
1/2 C unsalted butter, melted
3 8-oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1/4 heavy cream
Topping
1 C blueberries
1/4 blackberries
Sprigs of flowering rosemary, to garnish

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F/190 degrees C.
In a mixing bowl, blend cracker crumbs and melted butter. Fit all into a 9-inch springform pan, working the crust up the sides as well as the bottom until firmly in place.
In a standing mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla. When fully mixed, add eggs, one at a time, then heavy cream. Pour batter into prepared crust/pan.
Bake for 45 minutes or until center is firm with a slight jiggle. Remove and cool.
Top cake with berries and rosemary. Serves six.

Ingredients:

1 bunch Markon First Crop Asparagus, steamed

1/4 C Markon First Crop Basil

2 T Markon First Crop Chervil

2 T C Ready-Set-Serve Lemon Juice

2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

16 large shrimp, cleaned and threaded onto skewers to prevent curling

1 tsp. kosher salt

Olive oil + 2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic, for poaching

Edible petals and micro greens for garnish

Instructions:

Slice tips off asparagus and reserve. Add basil, chervil, one cup steamed asparagus stalks, lemon juice, zest, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper flakes, and oil to a food processor and blend until chunky.

Heat oil and garlic until just bubbling. Add shrimp skewers so that shrimp is fully submerged. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. When shrimp are almost cooked, add asparagus tips. Remove all with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.

To plate, arrange tips in a decorative manner. Place shrimp next to asparagus and ladle sauce on top of each one. Garnish with edible petals and micro greens.